Openings/Closings: Rise Coffee Now On Wheels, Basso's Patrick Connolly Moving East

By Katlyn Moncada
In Food

Openings

December 2014: Pizzino, a small pizzeria from owner Jim Zimmerman, opened its doors last month and is now serving unique grilled- and focaccia-style pizzas Monday-Saturday from 11am-8pm. 7600 Wydown Blvd., Clayton, 314.240.5134

Photo courtesy of RISE Coffee Truck

Photo courtesy of RISE Coffee Truck

Jan. 7: Those looking to cure a late night sweet craving in The Loop can now order from Insomnia Cookies. The online-ordering company opened its first St. Louis location in Central West End last October and serves or delivers freshly baked cookies right to your door until 3am nightly. 6301 Delmar Blvd., The Loop

Jan. 17: After its debut at the Grove Fest last October, fans of RISE Coffee House can celebrate with a moving version of the Tower Grove spot starting this Saturday. RISE Coffee Truck will be parked outside the storefront from noon-2pm to serve customers a full menu of espresso, hand/drip brews and teas. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter to find out where the truck will be located.

Closings

Italian dining spot Trattoria Branica in Frontenac’s Le Chateau Village has closed its doors. According to a report by the St. Louis Business Journal, the restaurant shuttered last week after facing tax liens.

Updates

James Beard Award-winning chef Patrick Connolly has left Basso after two years, with plans to move to east with his wife, Suzanne, and baby. Connolly came to St. Louis and lead the opening of the restaurant in the basement of The Cheshire, but will be moving on to Philadelphia, where he will spend approximately six months helping a friend with a restaurant before hopefully settling in Brooklyn, where he plans open his own restaurant. Executive chef Rex Hale upstairs at The Restaurant at The Cheshire, will be extending his services to oversee Basso and the team Connolly built there. 7036 Clayton Ave., Richmond Heights, 314.932.7820

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